Contemporary | Guest Choreographer

Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 Dance Intensives. Archibald has choreographed for the Ailey II, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet West, Grand Rapids Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and worked commercially for NIKE, MAC Cosmetics, and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as chart-listed artists.

She was appointed as the first female Resident Choreographer in Cincinnati Ballet’s 40-year history. This season, she will create new works for  Charlotte Ballet, Ballet Des Moines, Richmond Ballet, Butler University and Pittsburgh Ballet. Ms. Archibald was the acting Movement Director for Michael Kahn’s The Oresteia at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. As a director she premiered WeAIghT, a film featuring current Ailey Company member James Gilmer and was selected for Best Choreography and Best Male Lead for Mountain View Film Festival. WeAIghT is an official selection for the San Francisco Film Festival and the Light Moves Festival in Ireland. Ms. Archibald was commissioned to create Breakin’Bricks, a new work for the 100th Centennial of the 1921 Massacre which was a multimedia full-length ballet, presented by the Tulsa Ballet Company. 

Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including Aaron Davis Hall, Central Park’s Summerstage Mainstage, Jacob’s Pillow Inside|Out Stage, Lincoln Center, New York’s City Center, and The Kennedy Center. She was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle.  She is a Joffrey Ballet Winning Works Choreographic Competition recipient, choreographed Seven, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, commissioned by St. Louis based MADCO Dance Company, and remounted Arch Dance Company’s Chasing Shadows, for Dallas Black Dance Theater’s 2018/19 season. Archibald was also the 2018-19 recipient of the City of New York Dance Initiative.

She is currently an Acting Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama and was appointed as Guest Faculty Lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College. Jennifer is also a guest artist at several universities including Boston Conservatory, Columbia College Chicago, Fordham/Ailey, Goucher College, Miami New World School of the Arts, Purchase College, Point Park, Princeton, South Carolina’s Governor’s School of the Arts, University of South Florida, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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